Monday, February 28, 2011
Brisbane Dreaming Research trip day 2:
What I'm grateful for in Brisbane today:
1. MORNING WALKS: One thing I love most about Brisbane and what I am grateful for today specifically, is the opportunity to do morning walks along the riverfront as the day breaks and locals jog, ride or make their way to work. Frane (my valued and courageous research assistant) and I pounded the pavement from Kangaroo Point right around to the arts precinct and back. Along the way, we took in the innovative public artworks, chatted to local council workers about the floods, grabbed a coffee at South Bank, watched people rock climb (um, please explain), chatted to a few iguanas (rude little buggers didn’t respond) and considered the crazy schedules we have in the next six months.
2. FERRY: Aside from the incredibly convenient and quick ride from Kangaroo Point to Eagle Street on a stunning sunny Monday morning, I was grateful to the friendly and helpful ferry man who offered directions to get to Queen Street Mall so we could find some creative inspiration on the shopping strip. And, because we really didn’t want to walk anywhere, we got the ferry tonight also. Check out the pic above for the stunning city-scape by night from the river. Stunning!
3. BORDERS BRISBANE: I’m grateful that with all the uncertainty surrounding the Red Group right now, that Brisbane city Borders was trading as usual this morning, and welcomed both Frane and I in to sign our books (hers were Ned Kelly and Simpson and his donkey). It’s always exciting to see multiple copies of your titles in-store, especially when Avoiding Mr Right has been out for over two years. Now, don’t be tripping yourselves over running in to get that last signed copy, okay?
4. WEST END: To me, Boundary Street West End is like a much shorter version of King Street Newtown, only cleaner. And I always love to visit some of my favourite places, especially Avid Reader where I’ll be launching Paris Dreaming on April 29. It’s fair to say that after a 6km walk before breakfast, then walking from the ferry stop all the way to West End, I was very, very, very grateful to finally find a seat for lunch at Lock’n’Load. It was here that we learned of the Aussie Oscars glory for the brilliant Shaun Tan. Congratulations Shaun, I’m grateful I have an autographed copy of The Arrival. (pic below of Shaun and I at the Barbara Jeffris Awards 2009)
5. SAKI: Frane and I had our own Oscars-dinner at Saki, Eagle Street Pier. I loved the food and the saki, but I am most particularly grateful for the very sexy French waiter who was much less shy than the muse, whom, as you can see below, is spending too much time floating around the pool when he should’ve been inspiring me more!